Portsmouth sailor shot himself on warship

Sam Hatton
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A Royal Navy sailor shot himself on board a warship in Portsmouth Naval Base, an inquest heard today.

Leading Engineer Technician Sam Hatton died aboard the minehunter HMS Cattistock on Sunday, September 12, 2010.

The hearing at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court was told the 20-year-old shot himself with a single bullet fired from an SA80 rifle in the ship’s gun store.

The incident came just seven months after his best friend Matthew Webster committed suicide in similar circumstances aboard HMS Hurworth in Faslane, Scotland.

Detective Sergeant Gary Cable, of Hampshire Constabulary, who was called to investigate the shooting, told the inquest: ‘At first appearance, it appeared Hatton had taken his own life.’

DS Cable said LET Hatton’s iPhone was found near his body playing the Oasis song ‘Live Forever’.

A note found in his bunk read: ‘To all my friends and family, I’m sorry. I love you all.

‘Sorry for all the trouble I’ve caused.’

The inquest continues.